When ants invade your home, they can arrive in huge numbers. They can be difficult to get rid of. And they may make you feel like your city is overrun by ants. Ever wonder why ants are coming inside in the first place? Here are five reasons ants are attracted to homes, along with some prevention tips to keep your home ant-free even with our warm weather and high humidity.
Ants In The Area
There are several species of ants that can be active. Each is unique and brings its own problems. However, they also share similarities and are attracted by the same things.
Argentine ants are a common type of ant. They live in huge colonies, so an infestation can immediately feel overwhelming.
Carpenter ants are dangerous because they destroy wood. They build tunnels and nests inside the wood, which they might find inside your home. They can quickly damage belongings and, over time, can put the structural integrity of your home at risk.
Crazy ants are known for getting inside electronic devices and may cause shorts. They also appear in large numbers and can be quite difficult to get rid of.
Fire ants are problematic across the southern United States. They are aggressive and can both bite and sting. These stings are painful and can result in severe allergic reactions.
Ant Attracting Factors
What attracts ants? Here are some primary attracting factors.
Sugary foods. Ants love sugar, so spilled juice, rotting fruit, and food left out overnight can all be attracting factors.
Grease. Along with sweet foods, grease and greasy foods will attract ants.
Moisture. Ants like moist environments and are often found in bathrooms, basements, and underneath kitchen sinks.
Easy entry. Ants might get inside if they find easy access, such as torn screens or holes in the exterior of your home.
Possibility of food and shelter. Ants are curious insects always looking for food. If there is an ant colony near your home, chances are they will get inside sooner or later.
Prevention Tips To Avoid Attracting Ants
Now that you know what attracts ants into your home, you can take steps to avoid attracting them and prevent an infestation.
To keep ants out of your home, start by cleaning your kitchen regularly. Make sure you never leave crumbs or spills and store food in airtight containers. Also, take care to keep your trash stored in sealed containers.
If you have high moisture levels in your home, use a dehumidifier to lower the moisture in the air. Check your home for any leaks that may be adding moisture and repair water damage as quickly as possible.
The final step in ant prevention is to minimize their access. Check the exterior of your home for holes and cracks that may be allowed entry. Make sure that all screens are intact and that there are screens over windows and doors. Though ants can find even the smallest places to get inside, they’ll be less attracted if there are no major entry points.
For total ant control, call Hawx Pest Control. We’ll start with an inspection, during which we’ll identify the species of ants in your home and help you locate any possible attracting factors. We’ll then create a treatment plan to both eliminate current ants and prevent future infestations.
Now that you know the five greatest attractants for ants, you can minimize these attractants and keep ants away from your home. Call Hawx for more information or for help making your home less attractive to ants.